Proven Leadership, Trusted Experience
James Miller — Director
James Miller retired in 2002 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Utilicorp United, Inc.’s business unit responsible for the company’s electricity generation and electric and natural gas transmission and distribution businesses which served 1.3 million customers in seven mid-continent states. Utilicorp traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the company was renamed Aquila in 2002. In 2007 its electricity assets in northwest Missouri were acquired by Great Plains Energy, Inc. (NYSE: GXP) for $1.7 billion and its natural gas properties and other assets were acquired by Black Hills Corporation (NYSE: BKH) for $940 million. Mr. Miller joined Utilicorp in 1989 through its acquisition of Michigan Gas Utilities, for which he served as the president from 1983 to 1991. Mr. Miller currently serves as Vice Chairman of The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter, for which he has been a Board member for the past 10 years.
Lance Helfert — Director
Lance Helfert is the President and a co-founder of West Coast Asset Management, Inc., a registered investment advisor with approximately $200 million in assets under management. Prior to founding West Coast Asset Management, he oversaw a $1 billion portfolio at Wilshire Associates and was involved in a full range of financial strategies at M.L. Stern & Co. Mr. Helfert is a co-author of The Entrepreneurial Investor, a multi-national book published by John Wiley & Sons, and he has been a featured speaker at the Value Investing Congress in New York and California. Mr. Helfert has also served on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Southern California and the Tri-Counties Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Richard Menchaca — Director
Richard Menchaca has over 20 years of experience in the commercial banking and energy industries. He is formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of Petroflow Energy, an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Menchaca has been a founder and principal of several privately owned oil and gas companies. He was also one of the founding members of the Oil and Gas Banking Group at Guaranty Bank, which made over $900 million of loans to the oil and gas industry and became the bank’s most profitable lending group in less than 18 months.